Grand Valley State University Women's Center

Resources and What We Can Do

Take simple steps to practice sustainable living:

  • Shop Fair Trade – visit The Bridge in Holland or Global Infusion in Grand Rapids. Many online stores also exist.
  • Buy Locally – Find a farmers market or co-op to join, buy from those in the local area and promote healthy eating as well as producing practices
  • Reduce your Carbon Footprint - Find out how at, carpool and support public transportation
  • Unplug your Appliances – It may seem simple, but it lowers your bills and saves energy.
  • Get Involved in your Community – Start/Join a Community Garden
  • Promote Sustainable Policies – Encourage your politicians to pass sustainable laws, such as fair trade promotion, or safer health/working standards.

Women’s Health and the Environment, provides toolkits on the issues, what you can do personally as well as what we as a community can do. Download them at

Articles and Information can be found at any of the following Websites: (Women’s Health and the Environment Homepage) (Committee on Women, Population, and the Environment Homepage) (Women’s Environment and Development Organization Homepage) (Fair Trade Federation Homepage)

Just a Few Authors/Books on Women and the Environment:

(many are available through the GVSU Libraries Website)

Sandra Steingraber – Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood, Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment, Post-Diagnosis

Wangari Maathai – Unbowed: A Memoir

Vandana Shiva – Water Wars, Stolen Harvest, Close to Home

Karen Warren – Ecofeminism: Women, Culture, Nature, Ecofeminist Philosophy

Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva – Ecofeminism

Rachel Carson- Silent Spring

Ewa Charkiewicz – Women, the Environment and Sustainable Development: Towards Theoretical Synthesis

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